Meet Parks | Year One


Hey all! My name is Erika Buiter, and over the next few months, I’ll be posting some interviews with first year students on the blog. But before I start introducing you to these students, I thought I should introduce myself to you.

I’m an English: Writing major with a Communication minor—basically, I love to read and write. I’m from the Sioux Center area, and my favorite place to eat is the Fruited Plain. I keep busy at Dordt with classes, Writing Club, working for the marketing department, writing for the Diamond, and hanging out with friends. Also, I’m just a little bit addicted to the chocolate chip cookies in the commons.

That’s enough about me—now let me introduce Parks.


Meet Parks Brawand, a Freshman Engineering: Civil and Environmental major, from Brookings, South Dakota. I asked Parks a few questions about why Dordt was the right fit for him—here’s what he had to say.

Why did you come to Dordt?

The main reason was the Christian environment, specifically involving the engineering program. In my search I literally just looked online for the closest Christian schools that had an engineering program, and there weren’t any in South Dakota. I didn’t have any connections to Dordt, which I was excited about.

Did you visit, and how was it?

Yes, I did visit, once. It was the summer after my junior year in high school—we did it then because it was on the way back home to Brookings after a summer vacation. It was very accommodating. Dr. Brue, on the engineering professors, met with us even though it was in the summer, and we had a good long discussion.

What are you enjoying about Dordt so far?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of the beginning of the school year. I like interacting with the people in my WOW group, they’re some of my closest friends now. It’s a good way to introduce people to each other. I’m really enjoying the engineering professors too, they’re just wonderful. I’ve already been in for office hours with Dr. Ayee. Coming from a public high school, I really appreciate the devotions too—I’m soaking everything in.

How have your professors engaged you?

Honestly, automatically it’s engaging. The fact that all of them are so strong and convicted and relate everything back to Christ, especially in engineering, is really rare, I think. That on its own draws me in to want to go in during their office hours.

What has surprised you?

One thing is the openness of other students. With freshmen, everyone is in the same boat of trying to meet people, so they really don’t care if you sit with them. People want to meet each other, which is really nice.